Nonprofit developer moving plan for LGBTQ-focused affordable senior housing project to Broadway — UPDATE

The Eldridge (Image: Mithun)

Nonprofit developer Capitol Hill Housing is shifting its efforts to create a publicly funded LGBTQ-focused affordable senior housing development to the heart of the neighborhood with plans for the building now centered on Broadway between Pike and Pine.

“With 90+ affordable apartments at 60% at or below area median income, a main goal of the project will be to create an anchor for a community at risk of displacement – one that provides health and social services to residents as well as community members not living on site,” Capitol Hill Housing said in a statement on the major change for the project.

UPDATE: A person with knowledge of the plans says that Capitol Hill Housing is shifting its plans for senior housing to The Eldridge project across the street where Tacos Guaymas stands today. UPDATE x2: Capitol Hill Housing has confirmed The Eldridge location.

CHH has been pushing forward with plans to build The Eldridge, a preservation incentive-boosted affordable housing project.

CHH also did not say what will come next — if anything — at the 14th Ave and Union parking lot site where the LGBTQ senior project was being lined up. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Volunteers build community garden for Capitol Hill seniors

IMG_8044IMG_8075The Just Garden project has excellent timing. On a gorgeous day sandwiched between a few weeks of rain and another bout of gray approaching, the Seattle Tilth-powered group set about work Thursday outside Capitol Hill’s Reunion House, a low-income senior housing community on 10th Ave E just off Broadway.

Volunteers created a set of garden boxes and started the process of setting the planting cycle in motion.

Organizers say the Reunion House garden will yield $250 of fresh produce for the senior residents to enjoy on a weekly basis.

Seattle Tilth also reminds the rest of us that it’s time to get to work in whatever patch of land we might have access to — Compost Days should help make your garden a productive one:

To support these community gardens and thank residents for diverting 350,000 tons of food scraps, yard debris and food soiled paper by composting at curbside, Seattle Public Utilities, King County, Cedar Grove and Waste Management are teaming on Compost Days. Starting on March 15 – April 15, residents can get deep discounts on compost. And this year, Compost Days will host an inaugural Big Garden Give, a community compost drive to provide FREE compost to more than 150 gardens that feed the hungry.

You can learn more at justgarden.org.